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  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3129)
    Performance
    (2866)
    Story
    (2862)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Lots of Whiney Elementary School Moms"
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    By the time I made it to the end of this book, I realized there was a very important message. But getting to that point was, at times, torturous. I've generally made it a point in my life to avoid the types of women characterized in this book......mostly stay at home moms who are obsessed with themselves and their children and who are quick to pass judgment on any women who are not of their ilk. I nearly didn't finish the book. While the narrator did an excellent job, she was too excellent!!! She brought these complaining women to life! However, this is a very clever book and I ended up listening for the conclusion. The book redeemed itself. Not sure I'd recommend it. Again, these women, save for Jane, were just too full of themselves.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (283)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "A Most Beautiful Book"
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    Such a wonderfully written book. I tend to listen to mysteries or high drama and was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed this story. The descriptions of both the characters and the land made the story come alive. In a time when most things are so 'in your face' the time spent listening to My Antonia was like a mini vacation. So glad for the opportunity to hear a sweet American classic. And the reader was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2831)
    Performance
    (2110)
    Story
    (2101)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "Reacher Can Do No Wrong!"
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    I love Jack Reacher!! I don't care how corny the plot may be or how predictable the outcome, I am totally entertained by the Reacher books! Dick Hill is his usual excellent self. Go for it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (676)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Good Ole Flowers!!"
    Overall
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    This is not a prize winning book - it's simply a good story. Flowers can do no wrong in my book so I'm probably a bit biased. There were some interesting twists and turns which made the book worth the time spent listening. Really like the ending!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By A. B. Guthrie
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Originally published more than 50 years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie's epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. The Big Sky introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers.

    Joan says: "Good Story - Lame Ending"
    "Good Story - Lame Ending"
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    This is a good classic listen/read. Lots of good descriptions of the way westward and life during the early to mid-1800's. The characters were well developed and came to grow on me. Overall, I enjoyed the story but the ending was just that - an ending as if the author just stopped writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (650)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Joan says: "Time to Give Baldacci a Break"
    "Time to Give Baldacci a Break"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I can't say this is not a decent listen. It has good characters, a tight plot and good twists and turns. But Baldacci seems to be taking the route of James Patterson and others who just seem to pump out books. It's as if they use a central theme, change the characters and go for it. There are so many many many details in this book and they just go on an on and of course, they all come to a 'logical' perfect conclusion. Again, not saying this isn't a good story - I just feel like I knew the ending having read all of Baldacci's other books. Only 3 stars and truly, I think I'll give the next Baldacci a pass.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen McQuestion
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (149)

    Marnie is just 35 when her boyfriend, Brian, drops dead of a sudden heart attack. Stunned by his death, Marnie finds her greatest grief is for Troy, Brian’s son whom she has raised as her own since he was a kindergartener. When he is reclaimed by his train wreck of a birth mother, Troy’s departure drives Marnie to a grief group at the local rec center. There she finds unexpected allies, three strangers who join her in an impulsive road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas to reconnect with Troy.

    Gillian says: "I You Liked "Enchanted April"..."
    "Very Predictible"
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    Not a terrible story, just very childish and predictable. More of a story for an older teen than for someone who enjoys a more complicated, intriguing read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (656)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Loooonnggg w/terrible narration"
    Overall
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    I would have preferred to read this book. The narrator, as noted by many others, was beyond awful. The story could have been shortened in half. I've read other Greg Illes books and they are beginning to all run together. This one has interesting twists and turns and the ending (when it finally comes) is well done. Only 3 stars......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1101)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "A Waste of a Good Credit"
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    So sorry to have to write a negative review for a John Grisham book but this one is really a dud. Had this been written in the early 80's when we were just finding out the evils of the coal industry it may have been more interesting. As it goes, this book has been told many times by many writers. The coal companies are scum bags who have and continue to ruin the mountains of VA, WV and KY along with other states. So what's new about that?? And the narrator doesn't do a very effective job. Just a bad read/listen.

    And BTW, to the reviewer William Crovatt of Tokyo Japan......a 'chick book'.....one the 'ladies would like'.....Hey dude it's 2014. You need to find a real woman!!!!!

    51 of 59 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (441)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "cute story - not an award winner"
    Overall
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    I keep hoping for another #1 Women's Detective Agency from McCall Smith. This one isn't anywhere close. It's a nice and sometimes funny story but I wouldn't recommend it nor would I get another in the series. The narrator does a most excellent job - great voice and accent. The ending was just that.....it ended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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